When you read articles on side hustles, you’ll frequently find suggestions like uber or Lyft. Indeed, these are great side hustles — if you are an extrovert. Chances are, most of the time you’ve taken an uber or a lift, your driver was jovial, outgoing, and probably talkative.
However, if you are an introvert taking any of these jobs, you probably will not last long. Why? Being in a situation where you have different people getting in and out of your car all day and being forced to do small talks to appear friendly and engaged will be exhausting. That said, here are 7 side hustle ideas to check out if you’re an introvert.
The good thing about being a virtual assistant is that even though you might have telephone calls with the person you’re working for, you still get to work alone. Plus, you’re able to get started with very little out-of-pocket. All you need is a computer, a phone, and an internet connection. And depending on the company or the person you’re working with, they might provide some software to make your job easier.
As a virtual assistant, you’ll assist other business owners from a remote location. And a lot of times, the people you assist are going to be other work-at-home professionals who might have one-man shows but are unable to do everything themselves.
There are several ways you can go about finding a job as a virtual assistant. Some people go-ahead to create a website to advertise their services, but you can also go to several websites. Websites like Indeed, Craigslist, Upwork, have several advertisement placements for a virtual assistant. You can also use a site like Fiverr to advertise your services.
People are constantly going out of town, either for pleasure or for business. And depending on how many days they’re going to be away, they may not want to leave their houses unattended. This is where you come in.
Being a house sitter basically means that you’ll stay and take care of someone’s house while they are away. It could be for just a weekend, a week, or for a month or longer.
Some people want a house sitter who will stay at their house and take care of everything, while some will want you to simply come in once a day and watch the house for them.
You can go to a website like housesitter.com where a lot of people post ads seeking a house sitter, and you can look through and see which one appeals to you the most. You can also find a house sitting job by talking to friends or family to see if any of them have a need. Or you can simply put the word out on social media and ask your network to also share your information.
Though what you are paid as a house sitter depends on what the client wants you to do, you can make between $25 and $45 a day doing house sitting.
Being a transcriptionist, you can transcribe a variety of files. You work for a variety of clients ranging from doctors to business people, transcribing meetings or conference calls.
Getting started does not take a lot. You’ll need transcribing software such as Express Scribe. In some cases, the company or person you work for may recommend one for you.
In addition, you’ll also need headphones and ideally unique foot pedals that will enable you to fast forward, rewind, and pause as you’re listening. To find transcription jobs, you can go to Indeed, TCI jobs, Transcribeme, Upwork, or Fiverr.
The reason this is a great side hustle for an introvert is that as an office cleaner, your job is to go into offices after normal work hours. When everyone is done for the day, you’re able to work alone with your headphones on, and you don’t have to worry about anybody bothering you.
Getting started in office cleaning simply requires you to reach out to people in your network who own businesses. If you know anyone who is an office manager, see if he or she is in need of an office cleaner. Or you can just go to different businesses and drop off a business card or a flyer to advertise your services.
One thing about running an office cleaning business is that knowing what to charge can be difficult when you’re first getting started. But on average, it can take about 60 to 90 minutes to clean a thousand square feet. Hence, you might want to stick to small offices in the beginning — those you know can be done within 1 to 2 hours.
In the same way, someone might prefer another person to stay in their house while away, they may also prefer someone else to watch their pet.
Some pet owners might prefer you to come to their house and take care of their animals. However, you might feel more comfortable bringing the animal to your house. People usually work out the details of their payments to the pet owners. But on average, you can charge about $20 to $30 per day, $45 to $75 per night, or $200 to $250 for an entire week.
As for getting clients, you can talk to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and spread the word on social media. You can also go to different sites like care.com, petsitter.com, and even rover.com. If you are both a pet lover and an introvert, being a pet sitter can be another great side hustle.
The reason why food delivery is a great job for introverts is that even though you have to go into restaurants and talk to people to get food, it’s all quick. If you’ve ever ordered a DoorDash, you’ll know that the exchange between you and the driver is very quick. They come to the door, they give you your food, tell you to have a nice day, and then they are off.
Hence, if you’re an introvert and you want to keep the small talk to the minimum, delivering food is definitely something you’ll want to consider. All you have to do is go on their site, fill out their application, and wait for a response.
If you’re going through your closet and getting rid of the stuff that you don’t need, you might be thinking of taking them to goodwill to make a charitable donation, and this is wonderful.
However, if you are trying to make extra money, consider selling some items that you no longer need. The process is simple and sometimes you end up getting more money than you expect for them.
All you need to do is download the app, take a picture of the piece of clothing, and upload the picture. When you have a buyer, the company will send a prepaid box so you can ship the item to the buyer.
A second income stream is an excellent way to supplement your income, build a retirement fund, or just save for something important. But as much as it is great to have a side hustle, it is more important to have something that matches your personality so that you can enjoy it and also stick with it long-term.